Warren Rudman (1930-2012), Moderate Republican Recommended David Souter For Supreme Court

Former two-term U.S. Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) died Monday, at age 82. In the Senate, he helped investigate both the Iran-Contra Affair and the Keating Five scandal. A former state attorney general, Rudman recommended his close friend and former deputy David Souter to the George H. W. Bush administration to fill Justice William Brennan’s open seat on the Supreme Court. After helping to secure his confirmation, Rudman wrote in his book Combat that he was pleased to see Souter become the deciding vote on the court to preserve abortion rights in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case. After leaving the Senate in 1993, Rudman was an outspoken supporter of balanced budgets and full disclosure for outside political spending.